Do you have an aviation innovation story?

We need your help. Beyond the iPad and its associated apps that have changed flying, what are some other innovations that make your flying safer, easier or more enjoyable? It could be something big, like the aileron or something small like a home-brewed method for collecting oil from an engine. Send it in using the form below, or email us directly at If you want us to contact you, please include your phone number or email address. [Read more…]

Aviation leaders meet to develop training standards for maintenance technicians

AMT at Stevens Maintenance. Photo courtesy Stevens Maintenance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Aug. 19, a group of aerospace and aviation experts launched an effort to create global training standards for aviation maintenance technicians and other industry workers.

This is the first new committee launched this year by ASTM International, one of the world’s largest standards development organizations.

Called Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel, the group aims to create consensus-driven standards that will help workers gain skills to adapt to new technologies and other advancements. [Read more…]

Pan Am International Flight Academy approved for ATP-CTP training

MIAMI — Pan Am International Flight Academy has been approved by the FAA to conduct the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), a new training requirement for pilots wishing to qualify for the FAA Airline Transport Pilot exam.

The six-day program consists of 30 hours of academic training including: Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air Carrier Operations, Leadership, CRM and Safety, plus 10 hours of training and demonstration in a level D simulator.